In which our farrier comes early because he's a Morning Person
He showed up this morning at 7:30, half an hour early. Yawn.
I also include information about what kind of work each horse has done since the last farrier appointment--lessons, trail work, rides, etc. and the type of terrain they've been on during that time.
Fiddle's foot (above) after trimming. She shows the typical flat-footed conformation of a Swamp-dwelling horse.
It's important for me to keep notes about the sort of work she's been doing; I know that Fiddle has been doing a lot of miles on very rocky terrain, and her shoes showed the impact of that work: she lost two shoes this time, (very unusual) and the nailheads on her remaining shoes were practically gone, although they are only 6 weeks old.
In other words, she wore the nails out, and trotted right out of her shoes!
I hope I'll find the missing shoes some day, because, although the shoes were worn out, I can re-use the pads. We use Shocktamer pads on the front; I'm not convinced that they actually reduce concussion significantly, but the pads last a lot longer than normal pads, so it's money well-spent.
Fiddle: not a Morning Horse.
I'm off to pack the trailer for camp now....ummmm, maybe I'll have another cup of tea first.